AES News

Wallow Fire area access better defined with White Arrow System

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs), in coordination with Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZG&F)  is working to define how you can travel in and around within the fire area. The use of the White Arrow System is a method to define forest users as they move through the area where it is safe to travel.  A very key point is the efforts taken to define how hunters can use the area.

We have attached the AZG&F news release.  It has great definations for all of us.  It actually explains how each level of forest user is toArizona Game and Fish Department move around and use the forest.  The AZG&F News Release of  August 21, 2011,  Forest Service opens additional roads within Wallow Fire perimeter using White Arrow System as one looks at the information it is quite clear there is a lot of work going on to get ready for the Fall hunts.  As you look through the links defined in the release you have a chance to really drill down to the level of information of where and how you can access the area.

The bottom line is to be very safe and as said again and again in the release,  Look Up, Look Down, and Look Around for hazards.







Arizona Spring Hunts Open for YOU Now!!!

The Spring hunts is Arizona are some of the greatest experiences with your family.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZG&F) has just opened the applications process.  At the very end of the latest AZG&F news release  is a great statement that involves AES.

“For those kids that are considering hunting, or are new to big game hunting, we are offering  juniors-only hunting camps and outdoor skills workshops (see page 26 of the spring regs). These events are a perfect place to start learning about the excitement and traditions of hunting,” McMullen added.

The Arizona Elk Society has a great Spring program that involves the Spring Hunt season. The Youth Turkey Hunting Program give you and the youth in your life access to great information from the experts. This program is held in April, but now is the time to get prepared.  Watch the AES website for information and applications for the Youth Turkey Hunting camp.

When the Midwest is cold and snowy, in Arizona the springtime is all about calling in a wild turkey in the pines, or stalking a javelina in the open desert.

The seasons for these two sought-after species are set and hunters can begin submitting applications for tags issued through the drawing process.

The 2012 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet and regulations are now available at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website, and applications for applying are available at

“Javelina and wild turkey offer hunters, beginners and experienced alike, a challenge and a unique outdoor experience in the springtime,” said Wildlife Recreation Chief, Craig McMullen. “There’s nothing like stalking a javelina in the open desert or calling in a wild turkey when his tail-feathers are fully displayed. It’s sure beats watching television.”

Many of the spring hunts have a limited number of tags and are issued through a draw/lottery process. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 by 7 p.m. (MST). Postmarks do not count.

AES sponsors Arizona Outdoor Adventure’s Casino Night to help Save the Season for Kids

On Saturday August 6, AES is sponsoring Arizona Outdoor Adventure’s Save the Season Casino Night. It will be held at Arrowhead Country Club at 7pm.

Arizona Outdoor Adventures (AOA) is a non-profit working with established youth organizations around the state of Arizona, several groups of children have the privilege of enjoying the beauty, fresh air, and fun of the White Mountains for a few days each summer.

Early this summer Arizona’s largest wildfire in history, the Wallow Fire, struck. AOA had just set up camp before being evacuated. Without time to pack everything, they had to leave behind all the supplies bought with years and years of hard work and fundraising efforts.  Several days after the Wallow Fire burned through the area, they were escorted by the sheriff back to the campsite and were very saddened to discover that it was totally incinerated.   AOA had hoped that maybe some items would be salvageable, but no; everything, except for two dutch ovens and a grill, was completely destroyed.

This event is to help AOA take on the very difficult task of obtaining all new supplies and equipment as soon as possible, or else be faced with canceling all camps scheduled for the entire season, which ends in October. Many, many underprivileged children of Arizona were so looking forward to their camping trip—for most of them, it is their only chance to escape the boredom and idleness of summer that can sometimes lead to destructive choices, and have a truly positive and enriching outdoor adventure.

So if you have the time and resources this is a great event to support. Visit their ticket site

Check out the Video from KPHO  5 for more details.